Answered By: Emily Stenberg
Last Updated: Oct 18, 2018     Views: 7

Some theses and dissertations (ETDs) may have embargo dates that are 100 years from now. This is for a few possible reasons:

1) Authors are allowed to request a 100-year (or permanent) embargo. Although the option is for anyone, this is particularly helpful for authors of creative works.

2) Washington University dissertations are submitted to ProQuest, and one of the options offered by ProQuest is to restrict the work from being indexed by search engines. Because it is not possible to restrict Open Scholarship from indexing by search engines, when an author has selected “No” for this option, a 100-year year embargo has been applied. These works are not available electronically through Open Scholarship but may still be available through ProQuest.

Works under embargo may be viewed in person at Washington University Libraries. More information on this process is at

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